Starting over is like pressing the reset button on a game that makes you lose all your points and wipes out any of the good stuff you've spent hundreds of hours learning...
Surviving the year is all Milo has to do. Start to finish in one whole piece...But it's not just a new school he's dealing with; it's a new house, a new neighbourhood - a whole new life. And it's one without his mum in it.
Milo and the Restart Button ~ a tall tales & short stories review
On the press release for Milo and the Restart Button, author and illustrator Alan Silberberg mentions that his mum died when he was nine years old and there is a profound sense of his own loss that adds a resonance and poignancy to what is a deeply heartfelt yet humorous story.
I shed a tear or two while reading this charming, moving story while at the same time cheering Milo on in his quest to settle into a new house and school, and to make new friends. I cared about Milo and I genuinely felt his loss, yet at the same time Alan Silberberg has deftly woven humour into what could have been a very painful read and throughout the book there are funny comic strips and pictures that punctuate the text and help lighten the mood.
I feel that for any child, or adult come to that, who has suffered the loss of a loved one, this book shows that such sad times can, and should, include both tears and laughter. That it's okay to grieve, to feel sad, to cry, but more than anything, it's okay to remember and to want to remember the person who has left your life.
This book is easy to read yet profound in how it tackles such sensitive and heartbreaking subject matter. It's moving and funny in equal amounts, a poignant story told with a light touch, and I'd thoroughly recommend it on so many levels and to readers young and old.